Determining Your Shoe Personality

How To Use This Shoe Review

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR SHOE PERSONALITY FORM

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE 2010 SPRING SHOE REVIEW

Photo: Nils Nilsen

Photo: Nils Nilsen

The display walls in your typical running specialty store can be intimidating. Where do you even start? This review, when used correctly, will effectively shrink the shoe wall for you by showing you which models are worth trying before you walk through the front door.

Consider this a shoe matchmaker service; your work is to describe your ideal mate and we’ll help you to weed out the ones that don’t work based on your shoe personality preference. Just as online dating services have you fill out a personal profile for use in pre-screening potential dates, in using this review you will create your own shoe personality form that will help you find your perfect footwear match.

Be honest and objective in completing this form, which you can find here. Think of your favorite shoe, the one that was your go-to trainer, and then improve it in your head and use that ideal to determine whether that shoe would hold your instep firmly or feel loose across the lace line. How high would the collar feel on your ankle and would the toe box be snug or roomy? Would the shoe feel flexible or stiff when you walked in it and would it feel soft or hard underfoot? Does your perfect shoe feel light or heavy? And when you run in this ideal trainer does the impact feel cushioned or firm; does it feel free or stable, bouncy or dampening and does it run naturally or with structure?

Once you know what you are looking for you will be able to take this wondershoe description and align it against the shoe profiles we’ve put together with the help of our testers and their evaluations of each shoe’s fit, feel, and ride characteristics.

Another feature of this review that will help you make the right match is our “shoe cousins” feature. No shoe is unique. Each running shoe is similar to at least one other in its overall personality profile. In other words, each shoe has one or more close cousins. You are likely to be comfortable running in the cousins of any given shoe you love. So in this review we identify the nearest cousins of each model as another tool to help you determine what’s worth trying. For example, if you have worn and loved the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10, you might also love the new New Balance 760.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR SHOE PERSONALITY FORM

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE 2010 SPRING SHOE REVIEW

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